Research productivity and academics' conceptions of research

Angela Brew, David Boud, Sang Un Namgung, Lisa Lucas, Karin Crawford

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This paper asks the question: do people with different levels of research productivity and identification as a researcher think of research differently? It discusses a study that differentiated levels of research productivity among English and Australian academics working in research-intensive environments in three broad discipline areas: science, engineering and technology; social science and humanities; and medicine and health sciences. The paper explores the different conceptions of research held by these academics in terms of their levels of research productivity, their levels of research training, whether they considered themselves an active researcher and a member of a research team, and their disciplinary differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-697
Number of pages17
JournalHigher Education
Early online date9 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2015


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